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04-16-2014 11:34 AM
Gwenhwyfair Sounds like a good plan! Get your feet wet first with a breed you can handle comfortably.

IMO the next step would be to go to shows where you know there will be Danes and EMs to check them out in person. At larger shows hopefully you get to see several dogs of each breed, or if you're lucky enough, a speciality show close by is great too.

I've been to a few AKC shows and have found *most* breeders love to talk about their breed and dogs. It will help you get a more 'hands on feel' for the dogs. Make some connections too.





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Now it's between English mastiff and Great Dane lol. Bullmastiffs and Boerboels have so much conflicting info, some say they are sweet and mellow, some say they are aggressive and have a sharp temperament. Honestly I like all 4 but I am hoping for and easy step into owning mastiffs, maybe after I own a GD or EM I can get a Bullmastiff or Boerboel, so I can be better prepared to handle dogs taller and heavier than me.
04-16-2014 08:48 AM
LaRen616
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Conflicts between males "if they happen" are much easier to deal with than female female aggression!


OP I would get another male if I were you.

I wouldn't want to break up a fight between 2 powerful females.
04-16-2014 02:41 AM
Chip18 Conflicts between males "if they happen" are much easier to deal with than female female aggression!
My single female dog slot is reserved for a Boxer,

It can be done multi female dog household but it is not be taken lightly!
04-16-2014 02:28 AM
Sarah~ Not sure which sex I want. Eko is dog aggressive but does very well with puppies and has never attacked Xena, she grew up with him. Xena is very rough and bullheaded and might tick off a dominant female dog. But they will both be older, better trained, and hopefully more mellow by the time I'm ready. I know I'll want a more submissive dog but not sure if I want a female to make sure Eko will accept the new dog or male so the new dog will tolerate Xena's rambunctious-ness.
04-16-2014 02:21 AM
Chip18 Gotta say I love the look of the Boerboels but I have to have another Boxer. You didn't mention sex but single female household (the dogs) would be best.
04-16-2014 02:01 AM
Sarah~ Now it's between English mastiff and Great Dane lol. Bullmastiffs and Boerboels have so much conflicting info, some say they are sweet and mellow, some say they are aggressive and have a sharp temperament. Honestly I like all 4 but I am hoping for and easy step into owning mastiffs, maybe after I own a GD or EM I can get a Bullmastiff or Boerboel, so I can be better prepared to handle dogs taller and heavier than me.
04-14-2014 02:49 PM
wyoung2153 I do love Danes too... it's on my list. They are playful without over the top energy..

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04-14-2014 12:38 PM
LaRen616 Great Danes are playful and they do have energy but not crazy energy. Your GSD and Pitbull will have more energy than a GD.

I love Great Danes, I knew a lady that had 5 black ones, they were amazing, gorgeous, sweet dogs.
04-14-2014 12:24 PM
Gwenhwyfair The Danes I've been around haven't been hectic or super high energy all day long type dogs.

It probably depends on the dog and if they are getting enough exercise and mental stimulation too.

I think if I ever went with a mastiff type, it'll be a Great Dane.

I love the balance of brawn and elegance they bring to the table.
04-14-2014 12:10 PM
Sarah~
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Why not a Great Dane?

It's a leggier version of the other mastiffs you've mentioned.

Pluses - less grooming, which IMHO would be good for a beginner in show, it's one less thing to worry about and learn while getting your feet wet in the show ring.

More common so you'll have more good show breeders to select from.

Many beautiful coat colors that are within breed standard.

Well cared for healthy GDs can live to 10 or more.

The well bred GDs I have met were social and sweet, got along with other dogs and yet still can be protective (again good dog, from a good breeder with good training).

Check out this lovely dog:




And look at this face....

Awwwwwwwwwww.... The bottom picture is so sweet. And the first picture is awesome! Such handsome dogs. My boyfriend's cousin has one, she is SUPER high energy, and runs around in circles around people when he lets her out. That's the only thing that makes me not want one so much, otherwise they sound great!! Is his great Dane out of the ordinary or are they all pretty high energy for a giant breed?




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Ooooo and if you want to think about staying large, BUT switching gears away from mastiff types, still going with something more exotic how about one of the larger sight hounds like Irish Wolfhound?

WHOA... That's a tall dog! He looks like he's 2 of me, I'm only 5' 2" lol!! They look like huge terriers, I think its the wiry coat that makes me think of one. They look nice, I was hoping to stay in the mastiff group, though. Something about the saggy face and sour expression, lol.
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